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Iran seeks enrichment right recognition: Araqchi

329552_Iran-nuclear-AraqchiIran’s top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi says the main goal of Geneva talks is the recognition of Iran’s enrichment right and allaying concerns over its nuclear energy program.

“Our objective is to guarantee our country’s right to peaceful use of nuclear activities, including [uranium] enrichment, and to ensure that the nature of these activities is peaceful,” said Araqchi following the Tuesday morning session of talks between Iran and the six world powers – Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US plus Germany – over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva on Tuesday.

Araqchi, who is Iran’s deputy foreign minister, also explained that both sides have put forth a common objective to resolve Iran’s nuclear issue, adding that this objective could be achieved by taking a set of mutual measures.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif presented the country’s new package of proposals titled “Closing an Unnecessary Crisis and Opening New Horizons” in the Tuesday morning session of the two-day talks.

Commenting on the goals and characteristics of Tehran’s new proposed package, Araqchi said the plan underlines Tehran’s right to continue uranium enrichment and operate nuclear facilities including research reactors.

Araqchi added, “Peaceful nuclear cooperation between the parties, transparency, supervision by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), lifting of all [UN] Security Council, unilateral and multilateral sanctions, [and] setting a time frame are among the measures to be taken in the final step [of the plan].”

Earlier in the day, Michael Mann, who is the spokesman of the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said the six major world powers had a sense of “cautious optimism” over the ongoing round of nuclear talks with Iran, adding, “We believe it is really time now for tangible results.”

The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the claim as an excuse to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.

Iran categorically rejects the allegation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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